TUC: New Leeds Council Leader deluged by calls for Better Buses on eve of election

22 Jan 2021 02:51 PM

Leeds residents recently (21 January 2021) sent 130 emails to the candidates for Leeds Council Leader, demanding that the new leader commits to taking Leeds buses back into public control.

The TUC, which convenes the Better Buses for Yorkshire Campaign coalition, put a call out to Leeds bus users last night, on the eve of the leadership election. Passengers responded overwhelmingly by demanding a change of direction from the new Leeds leadership.

The union body’s analysis of DfT data shows that West Yorkshire has lost 4 million miles of bus route since 2014, in a stark display of the failure of the privatised model of bus provision.

Further data shows that public spending on local bus services in West Yorkshire has fallen by £6.5 million in the last 20 years, with 24.6 million fewer passenger journeys since 2009, and 9.5 million fewer elderly and concessionary passenger journeys since 2009.

Better Buses Campaign convenor, Gareth Forest of the TUC, recently said:

“Right now Leeds passengers are paying through the nose for a threadbare bus service that we can’t rely on.

“We need the new Leeds City Council Leader to hear from residents who are suffering from a failing privatised bus system.

“If the new Leeds Council leader comes out in support of publicly controlled buses, we can win a better bus service for everyone in Leeds.

“The leader has an opportunity for a fresh start and a change of direction.

“The time to put passengers before profit is now.”

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